Founder, Licensed Professional Counselor — Supervisor
Bachelor of Arts – Psychology | Texas State University | 2008
Master of Arts – Health Psychology | Texas State University | 2012
Licensed Professional Counselor - Supervisor (69697)
Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors
Activities & Affiliations
Central Texas Eating Disorders Specialists, Board Member, Education Chair
American Counseling Association, Member
Association for Size Diversity & Health, Member
Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), Weight Stigma Awareness Week Contributor 2013 & 2014
National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA), Media Watchdog, Volunteer, 2014 National Conference Presenter
Eating Disorder Hope, Expert Writer and Contributor
Addiction Hope, Expert Writer and Contributor
Learn more about Chelsea and why she founded Thrive
In my work as a therapist, whether it was helping an entrepreneur cope with work stress in individual counseling or working with a teen who was in serious crisis at the hospital, I found all my clients had one thing in common – they felt like they were just doing what they could to survive in their life. A common thread throughout their goals in therapy was to create a life for themselves worth living, one in which they were really thriving and not just surviving.
This is what inspired me to create Thrive. This is what I love to help my clients do, build their best life and help them thrive in that life. In our work together, I help my clients explore what that life looks like and, like a guide, help them get there by offering suggestions, helping prepare for unforeseen challenges, and providing honest feedback to help them check their blind spots.
My approach to counseling is collaborative, which means that we will work together to identify goals or changes you want for yourself and develop ways to implement these changes in order to reach your goals. As a part of this process, we will work together to understand what contributes to the problems in your life and what gets in the way of the change you want for yourself. While we will focus on the changes that you want to make for yourself, we will balance this change with mindfulness and self-compassion.
I believe in taking a holistic approach to counseling that considers biological, psychological, environmental, and cultural aspects of clients' lives. As part of this holistic approach, I work collaboratively with other health professionals such as psychiatrists and dietitians. If you need a referral, or are already a client of another health professional, I will work with them to ensure your treatment goals.
In addition to my counseling services, I feel passionate about helping other counselors thrive as counseling professionals. I've been there - the journey to full licensure as a professional counselor and feeling confident in your role as a therapist is a tumultuous one. As a means to help counselors grow in their journey to becoming a seasoned therapist, I offer workshops, groups, and consultation. See my services for counselors here.
My experience counseling individuals, families, and groups began during my Master’s education, where I gained experience working with adults, adolescents, and families at the Texas State University Counseling Center, the Eating Disorder Center at San Antonio (now the Eating Recovery Center of San Antonio), and Hill Country Recovery Center (now the Eating Recovery Center of Austin). Since that time, I have served as an Inpatient Therapist and Outpatient Director at a local psychiatric hospital, a Mindful Eating Program Therapist at the University of Texas - Austin, and a Therapist at an outpatient substance use facility. I then founded Thrive in 2017 and have been working happily in private practice ever since.
I have experience working with clients in outpatient and inpatient settings who have a variety of concerns, such as: depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance use, interpersonal relationship conflicts, problems regarding their boundaries and assertiveness, ineffective coping, stress management, life transitions, and work-life balance.
I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) approaches to counseling. I completed DBT Skills Training from Behavioral Tech, LLC in 2012. I’ve completed parts one and two of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) basic training with Rick Levinson, a renown EMDR expert who’s training is approved by the EMDR International Association.
I work primarily from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) framework. Learn more about these therapeutic approaches below.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
CBT is based on the philosophy that thoughts influence feelings; therefore, negative thinking patterns create negative mood states. CBT is a research-supported treatment for identifying and changing negative thinking patterns that contribute to depression, anxiety, and unsatisfactory relationships. Techniques used in CBT include relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and guided visual imagery. Other techniques include thought-stopping and tracking negative automatic thoughts. Using CBT, clients learn how to regain control over thinking patterns and remain calm and relaxed when dealing with stress and other daily life hassles.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
DBT is very similar to CBT, as it is a research-supported therapeutic approach that focuses on thoughts and emotions that influence our behaviors; however, it also adds components of Eastern mindfulness meditation and concepts of validation and dialectics. DBT involves learning new tools and skills to empower you to be as effective as you can be in your life. More specifically, these skills help you become more aware of your own thoughts and emotions, tolerate distress, regulate emotions, and effectively get your needs and wants met in relationships while also maintaining self-respect. Please click here to learn more about DBT.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
EMDR is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes. Learn more here.